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AAP to release list of candidates this week
New Delhi, November 9
The Aam Aadmi Party has finalised a list of 30 candidates, which includes former ministers as well as party chief Arvind Kejriwal, for the Delhi Assembly elections and it is likely to be announced this week.

Delhi Assembly elections
BJP strategy to make 'mandals' strong
New Delhi, November 9
The BJP plans to make changes in the organisation at the 'mandal' level in order to make it strong so that the party may win the assembly elections next year. According to sources, the BJP has divided the city into 272 mandals and one mandal is equal to one municipal ward and an assembly constituency consists of four mandals. If a party has a strong team of workers at the mandal level, it can do better in the elections.

Make walking part of daily life: Vardhan
New Delhi, November 9
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan encouraged people to 'walk for health' and make walking a part of their daily routine while flagging off the third edition of a walkathon from India Gate early this morning. The minister said regular walks have a bouquet of health benefits. It restores life balance, makes people calmer, happier and more positive towards life.


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Activists of the Aam Aadmi Sena raise slogans during a demonstration against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

JNU panel to regulate traffic on campus
New Delhi, November 9
Jawaharlal Nehru University has announced a committee to check rising pollution and regulate traffic on campus. The decision to set up a 'Traffic Planning Committee' by the administration came recently following demands by the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) during the academic council.

Implement semester system in distance mode: DU teachers
New Delhi, November 9
DU teachers criticised the administration over the non-implementation of the semester system in its distance education mode while it has been four years since DU switched from the annual to the semester mode for other courses in regular colleges.

Housing scheme: DDA mock draw to check system today
New Delhi, November 9
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to exercise a mock draw of flats tomorrow to check the system and finalise the date for draw of lots. It has received 10 lakh applications for its flagship "Housing Scheme 2014".

Facebook page of Food Supplies dept a hit
New Delhi, November 9
The Department of Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Delhi government, has provided a social media platform to the people to file complaints, suggestions, upload photos and videos of any irregularity or misbehaviour of fair price shop owners.

Muslims serve water to Gurpurab devotees
New Delhi, November 9
The management committee of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan and Karbala at Jorbagh, Anjuman-e-Haideri served bottled water to the Sikh devotees who participated in a procession of Gurpurab. General secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, who was looking after the whole exercise, said, "Despite the recent attempt by Wakf land mafia to disturb communal harmony, people have given a befitting response by today's gesture. They welcomed the devotees during Muharram and Gurpurab. People of both the communities have joined hands for this gesture." Residents of B.K. Dutt Colony also served water to thousands of Muslim devotees on Muharram. TNS

 





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AAP to release list of candidates this week
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
The Aam Aadmi Party has finalised a list of 30 candidates, which includes former ministers as well as party chief Arvind Kejriwal, for the Delhi Assembly elections and it is likely to be announced this week. It is understood that the party has decided not to give tickets to six former legislators, including former Speaker of the Assembly Maninder Singh Dhir, Raju Dhingan, Dharmendra Singh Kohli, Harish Khanna and Rajesh Garg while Kejriwal is likely to seek re-election from New Delhi seat where he had defeated three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The names of all former ministers, including Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla, Somnath Bharti, Girish Soni, Sourav Bhardwaj and Satyendra Kumar Jain are likely to figure in the first list whereas it is learnt that the party has decided not to repeat at least 35 candidates who were given tickets in the assembly polls last year.

"Decision not to give tickets to six former legislators is based on 'ground reports' about their performance," sources said. It is also understood, as confirmed by sources, the party top brass had been unhappy over Dhingan's handling of clashes in his constituency Trilokpuri while Dhir's performance in his Jangpura constituency was said to be 'unsatisfactory'.

The same views were expressed by the party in the case of former Seemapuri legislator Dharmendra Kohli while former MLA of Timarpur Harish Khanna and former elected representative from Rohini Rajesh Garg have shown their unwillingness to fight the polls.

AAP has started preparations for the polls which is likely to take place early next year. In December last year, the party had made a dream debut in Assembly poll by winning 28 seats in the 70-member assembly. It had formed government in Delhi with the support of Congress.

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Delhi Assembly elections
BJP strategy to make 'mandals' strong
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
The BJP plans to make changes in the organisation at the 'mandal' level in order to make it strong so that the party may win the assembly elections next year. According to sources, the BJP has divided the city into 272 mandals and one mandal is equal to one municipal ward and an assembly constituency consists of four mandals. If a party has a strong team of workers at the mandal level, it can do better in the elections.

Drawing on its experience in the last elections, the BJP plans to make mandals strong. The party lost the seats where mandal activists were not organised last time.

The party's focus is on the seats where it was defeated in the 2013 elections. It is looking at the workers' team that can spread the party message among the electorate.

In order to win seats comfortably, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay has asked the party workers in Naveen Shahdara to give hundred per cent result in the elections. In this district, Rohtas Nagar, Babarpur and Gokalpur constituencies are with the BJP. He urged the team to work hard to win the remaining seats of Seemapuri and Mustafabad.

Upadhyay said that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal proposes to cut tickets of one third of his MLAs, including that of Seemapuri MLA, thereby showing that his MLAs have not worked well which is an indicator of the fact that he has conceded defeat.

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Make walking part of daily life: Vardhan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan encouraged people to 'walk for health' and make walking a part of their daily routine while flagging off the third edition of a walkathon from India Gate early this morning. The minister said regular walks have a bouquet of health benefits. It restores life balance, makes people calmer, happier and more positive towards life.

Calling for making health a social movement, he said, "I would like to appeal to all Indians to make walking a part of their life; walk for at least 30-45 minutes every day. They should make it an inseparable part of their lifestyle and include it in their daily routine. There should be a walkers club in every city."

He cited figures of the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying in recent years, almost 40-45 per cent of the disease burden of the whole world is only because of physical inactivity.

The younger lot is under stress and it is important to focus on a healthy lifestyle and simple walking can pave the way towards it, he asserted. The organisers said the aim of the event as its previous two editions is to sensitise people about the benefits of walking to bring about a positive and long-term sustainable behavioural change in their health and overall well-being.

"Our Walk for Health study reveals that over 90 per cent of doctors recommend walking. However, more than 75 per cent patients with chronic ailments are not walking enough. Our aim is to remind individuals and families about the multiple health benefits of walking and encourage them to take out time to walk regularly with their loved ones," said Manasije Mishra, CEO of Max Bupa.

Flagging off the five-km walk, Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon said, "Health should be a priority for everyone, the young as well as old. Walking, if done regularly and correctly, is a sure shot way to achieve your dream fitness levels."

The event was attended by people of different age groups, including celebrities, health enthusiasts, schoolchildren and among the public faces were Mandira Bedi who also participated in the health event. The Mumbai edition of the walk was flagged off by actor and health icon, Shilpa Shetty Kundra.

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JNU panel to regulate traffic on campus
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
Jawaharlal Nehru University has announced a committee to check rising pollution and regulate traffic on campus. The decision to set up a 'Traffic Planning Committee' by the administration came recently following demands by the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) during the academic council.

The association was intimated about the constitution of the committee in a meeting with Vice-Chancellor S K Sopory. In this regard, a meeting would be called soon, said JNUTA president Prof Arun Kumar.

"The committee will rationalise and regulate traffic on JNU campus so that accidents are minimised. In 2009, a committee in the university had presented a report pointing to an increase in traffic and pollution on campus and listed recommendations, including bicycle paths," he said.

There is public transport, but it is not sufficient so students use motorbikes. In April this year, three MA students were killed when their motorcycle hit a divider and then rammed into a tree on campus. The committee will also check the rising number of accidents, said the association.

"Many bus stands are at turning points which makes it difficult for blind students to commute. To make campus disabled-friendly, proper parking spaces also need to be set up," said Prof Kumar.

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Implement semester system in distance mode: DU teachers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
DU teachers criticised the administration over the non-implementation of the semester system in its distance education mode while it has been four years since DU switched from the annual to the semester mode for other courses in regular colleges.

Delhi University Teachers' Association president Nandita Narain argued that the existence of two systems of education has spoiled the career prospects of meritorious students seeking migration to regular courses.

"Despite massive opposition from students and teachers, the semester system was implemented about four years ago. As the result, meritorious students are made to suffer as the system has not been brought in the School of Open Learning. Either the system should be rolled back or it should be put in place in the SOL," she asserted.

Even as the Delhi High Court has directed all the constituent colleges of DU to adopt the semester system, it has not been implemented as yet, said the spokesperson of SOL Teachers Association and associate professor J Khuntia.

He pointed out that the UGC's Distance Education Council had also directed SOL to make its courses at par with the regular ones to avoid derecognition of its degrees, but to no avail.

In response, the SOL Director Prof CS Dubey reasoned that the semester system is not feasible for the distance education section.

However, DUTA and SOLTA said that the introduction of semester system has made it impossible for students of distance mode to switch over to regular programmes unlike under the annual system when students who couldn't get through the cut-offs would migrate in the second year on the basis of their performance in the first year exams.

The practice was discontinued with the introduction of the semester system owing to the difference in the examination and evaluation patterns, they said.

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Housing scheme: DDA mock draw to check system today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to exercise a mock draw of flats tomorrow to check the system and finalise the date for draw of lots. It has received 10 lakh applications for its flagship "Housing Scheme 2014".

Spokesperson for the DDA Neemo Dhar said the mock draw of lots is being exercised to check whether the system is working well. Draw of lots will also be available online.

The webcast would be available for an "unlimited" number of online users through the YouTube channel, she said.

According to sources, the tentative date for holding the draw was November 10, but the exact date would be decided based on the outcome of Monday's trial, the spokesperson said.

The DDA for the first time has planned to webcast the entire event live on YouTube, and so the run serves as a means to test everything in working conditions so as to avoid any glitches later.

The scheme, which was launched on September 1 had seen a massive response both online and offline, leading to DDA's website getting crashed within a few hours on the opening day itself.

The last date for the scheme was October 9, but the date was extended to October 15 later following demands from various quarters. Till then 7.5 lakh applications were received. The number rose to 8.5 lakh a few days later as applications from far-flung bank branches reached the DDA headquarters here late.

The number of received applications has now crossed 10 lakh and that is pretty much the final figure. People are going online as they can check their application status on the DDA website, where the procedure for conducting the draw has also been uploaded, an official said.

The housing scheme offers over 25,000 flats across various categories, ranging from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore.

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Facebook page of Food Supplies dept a hit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
The Department of Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Delhi government, has provided a social media platform to the people to file complaints, suggestions, upload photos and videos of any irregularity or misbehaviour of fair price shop owners.

The department launched its Facebook page www.facebook.com/cfood.delhi last month. The purpose of the page is to provide an effective tool for a two-way communication between the department and lakhs of ration card holders.

Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Sajjan Singh Yadav said the department has provided information regarding the rates and entitlement of specified food articles supplied by the government under the Public Distribution System on the Facebook page. It also regularly provides information regarding the activities, new policies and initiatives of the department.

The department is encouraging people to post videos and photos on the Facebook page if they find any irregularity in any ration office.

Yadav said the Facebook page has become a hit with the people. In a short span of one month, more than 52,000 people have been reached through the posts of the department on this page. The department has received over 4,000 queries, complaints and comments on the page so far.

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